CHAPTER Res 7800ADMINISTRATIVE FINES PERTAINING TO VIOLATIONS OF RECREATIONAL USE RULES

 

Statutory Authority:RSA 12-A:2-c, I, II, III and IV; RSA 215-A:3-b, I; RSA 215-C:3-a, I; and RSA 227-G:4, V.

 

PART Res 7801FINES RELATING TO ALL PARKS AND DRED PROPERTIES

 

††††††††† Res 7801.01Applicability.The provisions of Res 7802 shall apply to all department of resources and economic development (DRED) properties listed in Res 101.06, and subsequent properties and easements upon acquisition, and to all listed conservation or trail easement properties held by DRED to the extent that these provisions apply to the rights granted to the state or the restrictions placed on the property.

 

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PART Res 7802ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

 

††††††††† Res 7802.01Statement of Purpose.The purpose of these rules is to provide direction from the commissioner of the department of resources and economic development for the determination of appropriate administrative fine amounts for various violations under Res 7300, Res 7400, and Res 8500. It is also to insure, to the fullest extent practicable, that generally comparable administrative fine amounts will be assessed throughout the DRED properties.

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.02Enforcement.

 

††††††††† (a)Infractions committed under Res 7300, Res 7400, or Res 8500 shall be reported by authorized DRED enforcement personnel as described in Res 7802.03.

 

††††††††† (b)For the purposes of this rule, ďauthorized DRED enforcement personnelĒ means:

 

(1)The department commissioner;

 

(2)For the division of forests and lands:

 

a.The director of forests and lands;

 

b.The bureau administrators or chiefs;

 

c.The forest regional and district supervisors;

 

d.The forest supervisors, including equipment operator supervisors;

 

e.The forest managers;

 

f.The forest rangers; and

 

g.The forest patrol or forester;

 

(3)For the division of parks and recreation:

 

a.The director of parks and recreation;

 

b.The bureau administrators or chiefs;

 

c.The park or trails regional and district supervisors;

 

d.The park or trails supervisors, including equipment operator supervisors;

 

e.The park managers;

 

f.The ski patrol and ski lift attendants;

 

g.The state park patrol staff responsible for parking meter enforcement;

 

h.The state park mountain patrol;

 

i.The Hampton Beach state park lifeguards authorized to make decisions on behalf of the department; and

 

(4)State police; and

 

(5)For authorized municipalities acting under written agreement executed by the department commissioner pursuant to RSA 12-A:1-d, II, the municipal police and emergency department staff, as identified, and only upon those DRED properties identified in the agreement.

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.03Methods of Reporting.

 

††††††††† (a)Any person who is charged with committing a violation of any rule or statute cited in Res 7802.04 shall be issued an official notice.Such notice shall constitute notice of the violation.

 

††††††††† (b)Each notice shall contain the following:

 

(1)The personís name, company name, if applicable, address, and date of birth;

 

(2)A description of the alleged violation;

 

(3)The statute or rule allegedly violated;

 

(4)The date and time of the alleged violation;

 

(5)The location of the alleged violation;

 

(6)An indication of the administrative fine amount for such violation;

 

(7)Notice of a right to an administrative hearing as authorized by RSA 541-A:31;

 

(8)Indication that the official notice was served in hand by the authorized DRED enforcement personnel;

 

(9) The signature and badge number, if applicable, of the authorized DRED enforcement personnel; and

 

(10)An appropriate space for the person to either admit or deny the substance of the violation.

 

††††††††† (c)Any person who is disciplined by a written warning shall not be subject to administrative action or fine, provided that the person shall take the appropriate action to remedy the violation(s) which prompted the issuance of the written warning.All written warnings shall be reported to the director in the form of a remedial-action report.

 

††††††††† (d)Each written warning shall contain the following:

 

(1)The person's name, company name, if applicable, address, and date of birth;

 

(2)A description of the alleged violation;

 

(3)The statute or rule allegedly violated;

 

(4)The date and time of the alleged violation;

 

(5)The location of the alleged violation;

 

(6)A description of the required action for remedy; and

 

(7)Indication that the official notice was served in hand by the authorized DRED enforcement personnel; and

 

(8) The signature and badge number, if applicable, of the authorized DRED enforcement personnel.

 

††††††††† (e)Any person who has been charged with a violation shall answer the notice personally or by mail within 20 days of the date of the issuance of an official notice and shall provide the director of forests and lands or the director of parks and recreation, as appropriate, with an administrative plea to the charges.  However, no answer shall be required in the case of an issuance of a written warning.  Pleas shall be limited to consent or objection.Consent pleas shall include full payment of any fine due, in accordance with Res 7802.05.

 

††††††††† (f)The department shall hold an adjudicative hearing in accordance with the provisions of Res 200 for any person who enters an administrative plea of objection to the charges.

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.04Administrative Fine Amounts.

 

††††††††† (a)The Tier 1 administrative fine amounts shall be $25.00 for the first offense, $50 for a second offense, $100 for a third offense, and $250 for each subsequent offense for violation of the following rules:

 

Table 7802-1 Administrative Rules with Tier 1 Fines

 

RULE†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SUBJECT

Res 7301.08

relative to animals, except for:

(1) Violations occurring at seacoast beaches, which shall be charged under Tier 2

(2) Violations occurring at Monadnock state park, which shall be charged under Tier 3

Res 7301.09

relative to equine and other animals used for utility

Res 7301.12

relative to games

Res 7301.13

relative to soliciting

Res 7301.15(b),(d)

relative to littering and sanitation, littering only, except for:

(1) Littering occurring at seacoast beaches, which shall be charged under Tier 2

Res 7301.16

relative to motor vehicles

Res 7301.17

relative to boats

Res 7301.18

relative to permitted use on trails

Res 7301.19

relative to metal detectors

Res 7301.20

relative to digging

Res 7301.21

relative to mineral collecting

Res 7301.23

relative to group use

Res 7301.26

relative to geocaching and letterboxing

Res 7301.27

relative to lost and found items

Res 7301.28

relative to feeding of wildlife

Res 7301.29

relative to smoking

Res 7302.02

relative to camping

Res 7302.03

relative to camping permits

Res 7302.04

relative to campers

Res 7303.02

relative to waterfront parks: swimming

Res 7303.03

relative to waterfront parks: glass bottles

Res 7303.04

relative to waterfront parks: beach fires

Res 7303.05

relative to waterfront parks: swimming and floatation equipment

Res 7303.06

relative to waterfront parks: digging

Res 7303.07

relative to waterfront parks: scuba diving

Res 7303.08

relative to waterfront parks: swimming instruction and handicapped swimming programs

Res 7303.09, except
(b),(h),(j),(k)

relative to seacoast parks and beaches, excluding alcohol, surfing, and air- and watercraft

Res 7304.02

relative to trail use limitations in the state operated ski area

Res 7304.03

relative to ski lifts

Res 7304.04

relative to ski equipment

Res 7304.06

relative to alcoholic beverages in the state operated ski area

Res 7304.07

relative to ski tickets

Res 7305.02

relative to trail use limitations on the Franconia Notch recreational trail

Res 7305.04

relative to limits on the Franconia Notch recreational trail

Res 7305.05

relative to trail uses not permitted on the Franconia Notch recreational trail

Res 8502.04 (a), (b)

relative to parking restrictions under the bureau of trails

 

††††††††† (b)The Tier 2 administrative fine amounts shall be $50.00 for the first offense, $100 for a second offense, $250 for each subsequent offense for violation of the following rules:

 

Table 7802-2 Administrative Rules with Tier 2 Fines

 

†† RULE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SUBJECT

Res 7301.05

relative to the protection of natural features and property

Res 7301.08

relative to animals, violations occurring at seacoast beaches

Res 7301.15(b),(d)

relative to littering occurring at seacoast beaches

Res 7301.24

relative to fireworks

Res 7301.25 (c),(d),(f)

relative to alcoholic beverages at Pawtuckaway, Silver Lake, historic sites

Res 7303.09(h),(j),(k)

relative to seacoast parks and beaches: surfing and air- or watercraft

Res 7305.06

relative to the protection of natural habitats

Res 7404.01

relative to group reservation required

Res 7406.01

relative to use of DRED lands, facilities, and resources

(c)The Tier 3 administrative fine amounts shall be $100.00 for the first offense, and $250 for each subsequent offense, for violation of the following rules:

 

Table 7802-3 Administrative Rules with Tier 3 Fines

 

†† RULE†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SUBJECT

Res 7301.03

relative to obeying the authority of DRED personnel

†† Res 7301.04(a)(1),(2)

relative to resisting or refusing eviction from the property and failing to restore damaged property

Res 7301.06

relative to the protection of historic resources

Res 7301.07

relative to restrictions in public use

Res 7301.08(g)(1)

relative to violations occurring at Monadnock state park

Res 7301.10

relative to hunting

Res 7301.11

relative to target shooting

Res 7301.14

relative to fires

†† Res 7301.15(a),(c)

relative to littering and sanitation, excluding littering

Res 7301.22

relative to constructing or erecting structures and signs

Res 7301.25(a),(e)

relative to alcoholic beverages at seacoast beaches and Livermore Falls

Res 7301.30

relative to reckless conduct on DRED properties

Res 7302.05

relative to camping: resisting or refusing eviction from the property

Res 7303.09 (b)

relative to seacoast parks and beaches: alcohol

Res 7304.08

relative to reckless conduct at the state operated ski area

Res 7305.03

relative to motor vehicle use on the Franconia Notch recreational trail

Res 7305.06

Protection of Natural Habitats: High-elevation protected wildlife habitat zones at Franconia Notch state park

Res 7403.01

relative to special use permit required

Res 7407.01

relative to the failure to comply with the suspension of use of DRED lands, facilities, and resources

Res 8502.04(c)

relative to parking restrictions under the bureau of trails

Res 8502.03

relative to bureau trail restrictions

Res 8503.02

relative to snowmobile trail restrictions

Res 8504.02

relative to ATV and trail bike trail restrictions

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.05Administrative Fine Payments.

 

††††††††† (a)Any person who provides the director with an administrative plea to consent to the charge of a violation pursuant to Res 7802.04(e), shall also pay the administrative fine, received within 20 days from the date of the notice of violation.If paying by check or money order, the fine shall be made payable to treasurer, state of New Hampshire.

 

††††††††† (b)Administrative fine payments shall be mailed or hand-delivered to:

 

Department of Resources and Economic Development

Division of Forests and Lands or Division of Parks and Recreation (as appropriate)

Administrative Fines

172 Pembroke Road

P.O. Box 1856

Concord, NH 03302-1856

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.06Non-payment of Fines.Administrative fine payments not received within 20 days of the notice of violation in uncontested cases or within 20 days where a ruling has been made against the person shall be charged a non-payment fine in addition to the original fine amount as follows:

 

††††††††† (a)After 20 days but prior to 30 days, the fine amount shall be $25.00;

 

††††††††† (b)After 30 days but prior to 50 days, the fine amount shall be $50.00; and

 

††††††††† (c)After 50 days the fine amount shall be $75.00.

 

††††††††† (d)After 75 days the matter shall be forwarded to state attorney generalís debt recovery office pursuant to RSA 7:15-a.

 

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††††††††† Res 7802.07Previous Offenses.If a person has not committed the same offense in 7 years, the next offense shall be considered as a first offense.

 

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APPENDIX

 

Rule

Specific State Statute the Rule Implements

 

 

Res 7801.01

RSA 12-A:2-c, I

Res 7802.01 through Res 7802.06

RSA 12-A:2-c, II(f) and IV; RSA 215-A:3-b, I; RSA 215-C:3-a, I; and RSA 227-G:4, V.